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How to Choose the Right Catering Company, Part 2

Life is full of events to celebrate, from engagements parties, gender reveal parties, and weddings to family reunions, high school graduation, and 50th wedding anniversaries. Celebrating achievements together is part of the human experience, and it brings us together to support one another in our lives.

While you are celebrating, you want to eat! Eating is part of celebrations as well, and you want your catered event to stand out above the crowd and be the icing on top of the cake. Willow Ranch Restaurant near Bakersfield has been catering events for over 20 years. With three huge, state-of-the-art barbeque trailers, we bring our amazing BBQ to you. We have a huge selection on our menu, which can be tailored to your needs and your event. In our last blog post, we reviewed some of the things to look for in a catering company. Below, we’ll continue to examine other qualities in a top-notch event catering company you should be looking for. Contact us today for your next BBQ catering needs!

Alcoholic Beverages

You usually have to have a liquor license to sell alcohol. Thus, only established venues can serve alcohol, which is usually not done by the catering company anyways. If you are looking for alcoholic beverages to be served, you’ll probably need to talk to the venue instead of the catering company.

Ask For a Partnership

If you know that your company will be needing a catering service for future events, ask catering companies for a partnership. Many catering companies serve a wide variety of foods and market to different occasions, meaning they can handle a company picnic just as good as a formal dinner. With a partnership, you might receive a discount on items as well. Another benefit is that the catering company will get to know you and your needs, and all future events should be easier to plan with less unexpected complications arising. Once you have developed a relationship, it may be as simple as a phone call, making your event planning a snap. Willow Ranch Restaurant in Bakersfield is proud to have been offering the best BBQ catering for over 20 years. We have many great relationships with our customers, and we look forward to forming a relationship with you.

The Little Things

The food is just one part of planning an event. You also have the music or entertainment, the guest speakers, a dance floor perhaps, and the decor. The little things all add up to create a great event. Your catering company may be able to help you in other aspects as well, such as providing table settings or chairs. Willow Ranch Restaurant in Bakersfield notes that the less vendors you have to deal with, the easier your job will be.

Knowing the Venue

Most local catering companies should know the venue. However, if you are partnering with a catering company who is driving a ways, you’ll need to make sure they know the rules of the venue. For example, catering a party outdoors at a park is completely different than catering an art museum gala opening. Many indoor venues, especially historical sites, have strict limitations on what can and can’t be served, and the last thing you want is a catering company serving a banned item simply due to lack of knowledge or communication. Even setup is important as the area might be very limited, which your caterer needs to know so they can plan accordingly.

Reviews and References

Ultimately, you want the best experience possible for your event. Talking to catering companies will give you a good idea of who they are and what they are about, but you’ll have to dig to find out if they can deliver on their promises. Online reviews are great sources of information, as well as any personal recommendations from friends, family, or colleagues. One thing is for sure, all catering companies are not created equal. You are investing a lot of money and time into this event, and you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Doing the extra leg work will give you peace of mind about the event catering company you are hiring. Willow Ranch Restaurant near Bakersfield offers the best BBQ catering in the area. Our professional staff ensures that not only is the food amazing, but that all of your needs are taken care of. Call today!

Insured and Experienced

You would expect most reputable catering companies to have liability insurance, but you can’t assume anything. Be sure to ask to see their liability insurance. You’ll also want to check out their experience. While we all have to get started somewhere, you definitely want to make sure your catering company has experience catering events such as yours, especially if it’s a more formal business event. Ask about the chef and the servers experience. Remember the job of the catering company is to remain in the background, making sure the food aspect goes off without a hitch. Experienced catering companies know how to do just that.


Our professional staff, along with the food, is what makes our BBQ catering company stand out from the crowd. We understand that you want the food to go off without a hitch, and we are experts at anticipating needs and meeting them before they are even realized. With over 20 years in the catering business, Willow Ranch Restaurant has a good feel for how to ensure everyone at your event is taken care of. We are bringing our signature taste and home style favorites to a whole new level — right to you.

Willow Ranch Restaurant loves to bring the best food to your Bakersfield events. We are privileged and honored to be a small part of your celebration, and we do our utmost to ensure the food at your event is perfect and delicious. We are committed to you. Contact us today for a free quote!
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